Helianthus annuus 'Moulin Rogue'

Helianthus annuus 'Moulin Rogue'

Sunflower

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Helianthus annuus 'Moulin Rogue'
  • Common name: Sunflower
  • Plant type: Annual

Height: 2m

Spread: 30cm

Flower colours:
  • Red
  • Orange
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Flowers

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Sunflowers are among the easiest and most rewarding annuals to grow. They're also some of the tallest, with many varieties producing huge, saucer-shaped yellow flowers that tower over other plants in the border.

Helianthus annuus 'Moulin Rouge' bears unusual dark red blooms with a dark brown centre. it's ideal for growing towards the middle of the herbaceous border, and does not require staking. Grow alongside other, yllow-flowered sunflowers for dramatic effect, or use in the cuttings patch.

For best results, sow Helianthus annuus 'Moulin Rouge' seed in individual 10cm pots of moist seed compost in April to May, cover with cling film and place on a sunny windowsill or greenhouse bench. Remove the cling film once the seeds have germinated, and water plants regularly, allowing the water to drain. Pot on into larger pots with multipurpose compost, before eventually planting outside once all risk of frost has passed.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Back
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Prefers rich soil
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers, Seeds for birds

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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